Lebanon has called upon Spain to persuade the Israeli government to honor its commitment on stopping aggression against Lebanon. Beirut has come up with a statement calling for Spain to take up a leadership role as the President of the European Union and help it out in the security concerns posed by Israel.
Spanish King Juan Carlos I met Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and other leaders at top ranks during his recent visit to Beirut, and reports in the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star say that the Lebanese President commended Spain for its stand against terrorism during an honorary dinner organized for the visiting Spanish monarch at the presidential palace.
However, Suleiman also added that Spain could play a bigger role in persuading Israel to respect the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701. The U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 had helped to bring to a ceasefire a war between Israel and the Hezbollah in 2006, and according to it Hezbollah had to abandon its weapons while respecting Lebanese territory was Israel’s duty.
However, Israelis have been accused of violating the 1701 Resolution daily, while Lebanon allowed Hezbollah, now a part of the government, to keep its weapons in 2009.